Bliss Ticks wrote:
Advice: Don't get off the trail in order to take pics of the petroglyphs and make sure to get a pic of the ruined dinosaurs out front and the skeletons in the visitors center. Also, the entire area is pretty much Native American culture-the real deal-so soak that in too. I spent 2 days hiking deep into the Painted Desert-it was like being on Mars.
If you go south on 77 from Winslow you will go through the Salt River Canyon, which is one of the best scenic drives in the US, IMO.
You're right - Capitol Reef is astounding! In fact the whole of Highway 12 through Grand Staircase Escalante is just one of those things that you have to see before you die. The Mrs and I agree that it's probably the best scenery anywhere - including the Grand Canyon.
We saw the dinosaur and Indian stuff - that really is an excellent visitors centre, and we got some photos of the petroglyphs, though they're hard to photograph well.
Not sure if we're going through Salt River Canyon - I hope so and we'll certainly look out for it.
Here are some shots of Capitol Reef: